Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom who on Wednesday officially defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP after several weeks of speculations.
The governor who declared yesterday in Makurdi when he hosted 13 local government council chairmen and 276 elected councillors, said he arrived at the decision after consulting widely with relevant stakeholders and the elected representatives of the people.
On why he defected, he said: “The state chapter has continued to launch an attack on me despite APC leadership intervention.
“This morning, I had wanted to go to Abuja to attend the meeting but some youths in the state refused, they asked me to go back.
“But let me formally inform this gathering that I have forwarded my resignation letter from the APC to the chairman of my council ward and he has promised to join me in the new party.
“As I talk to you, 10 out of 17 state lawmakers of the All Progressive Congress, APC are ready to follow me to the new party.
“May I formally announce to you that I have formally moved to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,” governor Ortom declared.
Earlier, the 13 council chairmen and leaders of the legislative council in attendance promised to follow the governor to the new party to ensure his re-election aspiration.
PDP welcomes Ortom
Meanwhile, PDP has welcomed the return of Gov. Ortom and urged all its former members still in APC to return to the party without further delay.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, saluted the courage of the governor, adding that dumping APC for PDP was an appropriate decision.
He said: “The return of the governor to PDP confirms the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the APC do not have the welfare of the ordinary Nigerians at heart.
The administration has continually offered flimsy excuses over the mindless killings that have caused untold sorrow across the country, particularly in Benue State.”